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Opening 05 March 2024 h 7 p.m., Via Argelati n° 24, 20143 Milano (MI)

Until 31 May 2024


06 March - 31 May 2024



Opening on Tuesday, March 5th 2024 at 7pm

From March 6th until May 31st, 2024


Galleria Patricia Armocida is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Todd James, opening on March 5th, 2024 at 7 p.m.

The show consists of fifteen previously unshown works, including nine canvases and six gouache paintings on paper.


Entitled Musical Chairs, this new exhibition represents a visual bridge between James’s oil stick paintings exhibited in Copenhagen and New York in 2023, and his signature acrylic canvas paintings from past exhibitions. Combining drawing with painting, these new works represent a further evolution of the artist’s style, where the canvas iterations embrace the method and spirit of his gouache and graphite originals on paper.


The intentionally rough, incisive lines of the oil sticks emphasize the perfection of the acrylic color fields, enlivening and humanizing the composition.

The subject matter sees James bobbing in and out of many of his well-established themes, never abandoned but revisited: coffee cups, lush house plants, ashtrays, analog telephones, cats, and the eponymous chairs are household totems that have populated Todd James’s oeuvre for the last two decades and that evoke the silent power and beauty of the everyday.


The interiors, imbued with a familiar atmosphere and reassuring with their humanity, merge into the worlds James creates seamlessly, combining and exhibiting, for the first time, these new styles and techniques in Musical Chairs.


Todd James (New York, 1969) lives and works in New York and is a celebrated artist from the generation following Jean-Michel Basquiat, Rammellzee, and Kenny Scharf. A style leader in multiple mediums over several decades, James’s work has been recognized since his teenage years, writing the moniker REAS. James has collaborated with artists such as Kaws, Barry McGee, and ESPO aka Steve Powers, and has created commercial works in collaboration with the Beastie Boys, Iggy Pop, Eminem, Pharrell Williams and other pop culture icons. James, along with Barry McGee and ESPO, is a co-creator of Street Market, a major work of the post-graffiti movement that debuted at Deitch Projects in New York City in 2000.

Street Market was subsequently shown at the US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2001 and at the Parco Museum in Tokyo.

A re-creation of Street Market was the central installation of the LA MOCA’s record breaking Art in the Street exhibition in 2011. In 2015, James’s work was chosen for the Venice Biennale. In The Bridges Of Graffiti, one of the 2015 Biennale’s official exhibitions, James’s work, Vandal’s Bedroom, was exhibited to great acclaim and the installation subsequently traveled to New York, London, Madrid, Copenhagen, and Los Angeles.

James continues to receive increasing international attention, in recent years emerging as one of the leading artists to take part in Beyond the Streets, a traveling exhibition which embodies the rising global momentum of art that emerged outside the traditional institutions of art, currently on view at Saatchi Gallery in London. Musical Chairs is his fourth exhibition at Galleria Patricia Armocida.


Some recent solo exhibitions: Room to Breathe, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2023; Todd James: Little Goody Two Shoes, Over the Influence Gallery, Paris, France, 2023; Soldier of Fortune, Nanzuka Underground, Tokyo, Japan, 2023; Garden of Eden, Ross+ Kramer Galleries, NYC, USA, 2021; Clean Jellybean, Over The Influence Gallery, Bangkok, 2021; The Intrepid, Galeria Javier López & Fer Frances, Madrid, 2020; Dreamer Believer, Whitestone Gallery, Taipei, 2020; Warm Welcome, Eighteen, 2020; There’s No Place Like Home, Over the Influence, Los Angeles, 2019; Sanctuary, Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milan, Italy, 2019.